Shardul Thakur has been applauded by the legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar for his all-round display in the final game of the Border Gavaskar series at Brisbane. He also praised the efforts of Mohammad Siraj along with Shardul Thakur and combinedly they picked up nine wickets in the second innings. Mohammad Siraj got his maiden five-wicket haul in tests and Sachin mentioned the importance of Thakur all-round heroics with both the bat and ball to keep the series alive.
Sachin Tendulkar Lauds Shardul Thakur For His Brilliant Display
Sachin congratulated the bowlers by tweeting “Well done Mohd. Siraj on your 1st fifer and @imShard on your important all-round performance which has kept the Test rather interesting so far and more importantly, the Test series alive.”
Shardul Thakur top-scored for India in the first innings with a brilliant 67 which helped India manage to reduce the deficit to 33 runs. His partnership with Washington Sundar was a crucial one in the circumstances which helped to recover from a crumbling position. In addition to that, Thakur managed to pick three wickets in the first innings and four wickets in the second innings taking his tally to seven wickets in the match which is the best figures by an Indian bowler at Gabba in five decades.
Former off-spinner Erapalli Prasanna holds the record for the best match figures by an Indian bowler at the venue, scalping eight wickets for 218 runs in the January 1968 Test. Shardul Thakur also became the first player since Dale Steyn to score a fifty and pick up seven wickets in the match. He might still have a role to play with the bat on the fifth day and he will be hoping to put a fine display again.
Mohammad Siraj Shattering Records
Mohammad Siraj’s brilliant five-for in the second innings of the fourth test helped India to make a comeback after an opening onslaught from David Warner and Marcus Harris. Siraj picked up the two key wickets of Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith during his great spell and his consistency proved to be a key factor in getting the maiden five-wicket haul.
In his third test, Mohammad Siraj has achieved the record of only the fifth instance of an Indian bowler getting a five-wicket haul at the Gabba. Erapalli Prasanna, Bishan Singh Bedi, Madan Lal and Zaheer Khan are the only other Indian bowlers to have claimed five-wicket hauls at the Gabba in Brisbane.